Wednesday, March 5, 2014

#269 - Doug Baker

What a card: This is Doug Baker's first Topps card. It's also his last Topps card. He wouldn't appear on another major release until the 1990 Fleer set.

My observation on the front: It looks like Baker is taking his swings in the on-deck circle.

More opinion from me: The position designation on the front is an error. Baker never played third base in 1984. In fact, he played only two games at third during his seven years in the majors, once each in 1987 and 1988.

Something you might know: Baker was a member of the 1984 World Champion Tigers. He played in one game of the ALCS, coming in the ninth inning of the decisive Game 3 against the Royals as a defensive replacement for Alan Trammell at shortstop.

Something you might not know: Baker was in the same Granada Hills High School 1978 graduating class as John Elway.

My observation on the back: Joe Pignatano hit into a triple play in the eighth inning of the final game of the 1962 season for the expansion Mets.

The blog wants to speak now: The News category is updated. Yet another plane crash.


steelehere said...

Always a favorite card of mine as Doug went to the same high school that I went to and it was called out on the back of his card.

One of his high school baseball teammates was John Elway.

Jets Break Jaws said...

Topps was always so lazy with the position designation. Before I had the baseball encyclopedia, I would try to construct rosters using the cards, and I'd always end up with too many middle infielders or outfield/first basemen.